This review was written July 6, 2009 after recent Grand Opening and may be outdated as Servers, Management and other Various changes can occur.
(First line of Review has been BLOCKED due to numerous requests from our visitors, This restaurant has been removed from “Hot Spots” category for the time being)
Upon arriving at 7pm, our reservation time, we were seated promptly at a round table in the main dining area. You can choose to come a little bit before and enjoy the bar scene in the lounge area. This is my second time visiting, but unfortunately did not have my camera the first time around and did not have enough time to enjoy the bar, however I can say that this is a wonderful place to hang out a bit before the food.
The menu offers a straight forward “Steakhouse” cuisine, which is great because they know what they specialize in and make sure they get it done right. The menu does offer a few items for the patrons who aren’t fans of steaks, offering a few options from fish, chicken and lamb to fulfil the appetite to those.
Let’s get to the Review:
- Service (Tuesday: Since we have dined on a Tuesday, we can not write about the service on Weekends): The waiter came around a few minutes after we settled down and placed the courtesy bread, crackers and butter on the table then came soon after to take orders for the drinks and gave us a few more moments for the salads and appetizers. Soon after he came with some great suggestions for the entrees as well as a “Today’s Special” list. We were provided some clean replacement linen napkins during the meal. The appetizers and food all came within great timing and we were very satisfied with the service.
- Atmosphere: Read the Walk-Around Here.
Calamari Appetizer: Great portion size and had really good quality.
Salad: Huge portion which was enough for all 5 people at the table and once again tasted great. This was the “Blue Cheese Salad”
Atlantic Salmon (Henny’s Style): Salmon pan roasted with Artichokes, Fresh Tomatoes, Garlic and Capers in White Wine Pan Sauce. I simply could not hear enough how amazed my mother was while eating this. The portion and the price is definitely a steal.
Pan Roasted Rack of New Zealand Lamb: Roasted in Garlic and Herb crust comes with asparagus and baked potato.
Burger (8 0z): We had to cut it in half to be able to eat it. I can say this is probably one of the “Largest 8 oz” I have seen. (Not trying to be funny, but most 8oz burgers I have ordered for some reason come half the size? It was greatly enjoyed it.
Todays Special (Trio Pork):Ribs, Beef, and more pork with sweet potato fries, biscuit and coleslaw. This was simply a huge portion size and the few bites I took were great. More then half of the meal went home to be enjoyed the next day.
The Steak (Saved the best for last): (16oz Angus, Center Cut Ny Strip Steak): Everybody at the table was jealous, everyone tried a bite of the steak and probably began to regret not getting one, after all it is a Steakhouse. It is kind of hard to describe a steak but I will try. It was cooked perfect (Med/Well), just enough thin red in the middle to still keep the flavor and juiciness of the steak. It was far from dry, far from chewy, simply amazing all around. This steak was by far one of the best steaks I ever tasted since my career with WhereYouEat.
Overall Sum-up: Everything from the Service, Food and Atmosphere (Quality) is indescribable. Before Henny’s first opened the doors there was a lot of hype, and many people began requesting information on when they will open. At that time we had no clue why. When they opened we did a “Walk-Around” and saw why you guys couldn’t wait for them to come back with the quality of the establishment. Once again, we see why everyone missed them while they were gone.
Pros: Great Food, Amazing Steaks, Large Appetizers, Supreme Service.
The kitchen of Dina’s Hideaway is going through a few changes until further notice (August 2010). This review is filed, the kitchen may be closed (temporarily?)
Dina’s Hideaway has just recently opened the doors after a full renovation from the previous neighborhood bar and grill that existed. The second we collected the menu to add it to our database, we knew we had to give it a try. The menu is very unique; especially the “Piegati: Folded and Grilled Round Panini Bread” which I have not yet seen on any other restaurant establishments menu. While adding the photos the bartender has created a few drinks and included one of there signature “The Hideaway” this is the blue drink you will see in the picture.
Let’s get to the review: Usually we allow some time for a place to establish itself before we would review it, but because of the “Piegati” that I noticed on the menu, and always in the mood for something different, We had to come in almost right away and give it a try. The day we arrived the bar was full and the crowd seemed up beat, thankfully a few tables in the back were free.
The Drink: “The Hideaway” is the signature drink for Dina’s Hideaway, which is developed by a Bartender “Pam”, and had a delicious taste, sweet but not too sweet, just right. You could taste a bit of Gin but do not have all the ingredients. This drink alone is worth a try at this establishment.
The Food:WoW! I think the picture can easily sum this up. Just the look of the Piegati had my taste buds rambling, We ordered two. “The Jen” which included Grilled Chicken with House made pepper, Fresh Mozzarella and Pesto Mayo. “Southwest Barbecue” which had Grilled Barbecue Chicken, Pepper Jack Cheese, Grilled Red Onion, Grilled Corn and Chipotle Mayo. Both were served with delicious home made potato chips (Recommend by the waitress) we had a choice of others but the way she described these “Home Made Chips” we didn’t even think twice. They included some special sauce which was just an amazing addition to dip the Potato’s and the Piegati itself. The food is simply delicious and hope it stays just the way it does.
The Service: Great Recommendation, A personal waitress for the tables which helped with service being quick and personal attention being given.
The Atmosphere: The redesign adds a fresh look and feel to this establishment and is organized very properly. Bar is located at the entrance, with tables sitting to the right side and also has a small dining area in the back (Where we sat).
Overall Sum-up: Amazing Drink list, a very unique menu (Recently updated), absolutely delicious food and great sauces, supreme signature drink and a very comfortable neighborhood atmosphere.
Rating: 5 Stars
Notice: As of June 04, 2010, Dina’s Hideaway is no longer serving food. The kitchen is closed until further notice.